Summer ushers in wild huckleberry season, my favorite time of year. Yeah! This weekend, Memorial Day,  is America’s ‘unofficial kickoff’ to summer, but it’s also a day to reflect, honor and remember those who’ve given their lives in service to our country.

During summer break, I would like to invite you to sample gourmet confections at Carousel Candies, on Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf.  They offer a 20% local discount! Gold medal awarded huckleberry confections include; salt water taffy, fabulous huckleberry popcorn and hand made gourmet delights.

Keep following your dreams! XO Maxine #huckleberryhilladventure

Drew McSherry is the talented artist that brings ‘images to life’ in my books. Follow along for my next literature release.


4th of July Parade- City of Monterey Annual Fourth of July Festivities. We hope to see you along the parade route!- July 4, 2018 at 10 a.m.

‘Page Turners; Bookfest’ – Meet local authors at Monterey Elks Lodge, overlooking the scenic Monterey Bay for this summer event. July 15, 2018. 2:00-5:00 p.m. 150 Mar Vista Drive, Monterey, CA. Free and Family Friendly!

Concours d’ Elegance- Monterey Peninsula- Join me in person or for virtual event sharing at Quail Lodge and at Pebble Beach Resorts for amazing car week festivities, recipes and fun! August 21-26, 2018.

-Let’s Be Creative-

Book characters Molly and Fern encourage you to make summer crafts or colorful snacks using seasonal local sourced produce.



 Thank you all for embracing happiness through books and sharing Italian recipes. Keep having adventures! XOXO


Readers: Send me your childhood sibling photos…I will post and share at Maxine Carlson Author (Facebook) site.

Throwback photos…sharing retro “Molly and Fern” images. This is my sister Francine (“Fern” in my book series) and I exploring and having real life adventures. 


Hello from Molly and Fern! (Illustrations: Drew McSherry)

Book characters Molly, Fern and Nonna were thrilled to be celebrating together! 

The Sugar Plum Fairy Party’ was a festive holiday luncheon in Carmel-by-the-Sea at Sunset Center. Book character ‘Nonna’ (performed by Nonna Catherine) featured The Wild Buck, set in Del Monte Forest, for a book reading. This ‘Silver Anniversary’ showcasesed the iconic Del Monte Hotel, with characters Sam Morse, John Steinbeck, Salvador Dali and Louis Armstrong.

-Thank You American Veterans For Your Service-

Ricardo Porlito, Vietnam Vet, won The Wild Buck. Ricardo’s wife is a teacher.


The Wild Buck, and it’s coordinating merchandise, has been awarded a gold medal. The ‘Moonbeam Award’ brings recognition to exemplary children’s books and celebrates life-long reading.

Having a blast on the ‘Shagbag Show’ (tune in at 9am PST each Saturday) at 1460 am or 101.1 FM (KION) or

Visiting Del Monte Shopping Center in Monterey, CA or Carmel-by-the-Sea? Stop by ‘Thinker Toys’ for a gift set, featuring flower hair barrettes and an autographed book in a gift wrapped package:

Book is available for purchase at amazon (click here).

Autographed book and gift sets available in Monterey, CA ‘Fisherman’s Wharf’ (Carousel Candies at the Huckleberry Hill Confectionary Boutique). Look for the ‘pretty in pink’ building with authentic taffy puller! The Wild Buck is also available at independent stores across America and Canada. 

Carousel Candies, Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf:

Thinker Toys, a majestic toy store in Carmel-by-the Sea, CA and at Del Monte Center, Monterey, CA carries The Wild Buck. Look for the toy soldiers at Del Monte Center (adjacent to Starbucks and Macy’s) or look for the Giant Ferris Wheel at the Carmel location! Thinker Toys is a favorite with visitors and locals alike! 

Locally Owned Since 1969, Thinker Toys is known for quality imaginative toys.
Local author’s gather in the city of Carmel, at the Harrison Memorial Library (for a roundtable panel).

Unplug with Huckleberry Hill Adventure:

Visit our Huckleberry Hill Boutique for unique Pacific Coast inspired gift items. International shipping available.

Life handing you lemons? (image: Lena Max Photography) Make cello via our love limoncello boutique!

Huckleberry Hill ‘flower power‘ is adorable (logo artist Drew McSherry):

The ‘Molly and Fern’ (Written by Maxine Carlson and Illustrated by Drew McSherry) selection has several lines of products including The Love Collection, Huckleberry Hill Holiday-our limited edition Christmas line and a traditional Molly and Fern array of products.

Bella Sophia approved, California pride Huckleberry Hill Surf Cub products are very popular:

The Wild Buck Collection has wonderful human and pampered pet gifts:

The Italian Influenced-California Lifestyle boutique section has unique items based on Del Monte Forest:


The Wild Buck, Adventures on Huckleberry Hill, Book 1

Join Molly and Fern in search of a wild buck in this heartwarming tale. Creative sister Molly loves daydreaming. Fern can’t sit still. Nonna Frances creates Italian inspired culinary delights. They make a fun and enthralling team.  Each chapter includes a delicious recipe. Bake with wild California huckleberries. Explore the nature and fauna of a world famous evergreen climate.  This engaging story is majestically set in Del Monte Forest, along the rustic central coast. Return to Huckleberry Hill often. What adventures shall we plan next?


-Carmel Pine Cone Article-

July 2017

Book by P.B. writer urges kids to get out and explore


THE TALE of two girls on a quest to find an elusive wild buck in Del Monte Forest — and all the magnificent distractions they encounter along the way — is the subject of a new children’s book by a Pebble Beach author.

In the “The Wild Buck,” written by Maxine Carlson, sisters Molly and Fern live in a “sprawling” house atop Huckleberry Hill in Pebble Beach but frequently venture outside, which leads them on a search for a mysterious wild buck.

“The book really features the flora and fauna and unique setting of Pebble Beach,” Carlson told The Pine Cone about the book, which is illustrated by Drew McSherry.

The girls, during their exploration of the forest, come across many other natural elements typical of the Monterey Peninsula; quail, woodpeckers, banana slugs, honeysuckle, huckleberries, Monterey pines, and the aroma of the Pacific Ocean.

“And always misty fog,” Carlson said.

The book, Carlson explained, features an important and relevant message for 21st century, tech-savvy kids, who are often glued to their electronic devices: get out and enjoy nature more often.

“Have adventures wherever you are and really explore your environment,” she said. “You can’t do that if you are only doing screen time.”

Carlson, 47, based Molly on herself, and Fern on her real- life sister, Francine, 45, both of whom grew up in Pebble Beach and were regularly encouraged by their grandmother, Frances Davi-Cardinalli, to go into the open and play. When they were growing up, iPods and iPads weren’t invented yet and the forest was their playground.

“Back then we were always outside, and that’s what kept our imagination going,” she said.

Nonna, as they called their grandma, was a good cook, and coming together to eat as a family was an essential part of their Italian heritage and culture. That’s why Carlson decided to include some of her Nonna’s recipes in “The Wild Buck.”

The story is the first in the Huckleberry Hill Adventure Series, which Carlson said includes three written but yet-to- be published tales also set throughout the Monterey Peninsula, including one in Carmel.

My name is Maxine Carlson. My husband Eric, daughter Bella Sophia and dog Snowball are the light of my life (photo below). I am following my dream of writing and publishing children’s books. Follow my family as we have Italian inspired culinary and life adventures on Huckleberry Hill in Pebble Beach California.

Huckleberry Hugs, Maxine (A.K.A. Molly)

My lights, Bella Sophia and hubby Eric. At beautiful San Carlos Cathedral Royal Presidio Chapel in Monterey.